A new edition of Len Garry’s book:
“John, Paul and Me - Before the Beatles”
Len started writing a book about his friendship with John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the early days of the Quarrymen in 1995 after he was bedridden as result of damaging a calf muscle. The book finally appeared in print in 1997, providing a unique “I was there” insight from Len, who had been a schoolmate of Paul’s since he was 11 years old and who first met John in 1955 when he was introduced to him by another friend from Liverpool Institute, Ivan Vaughan.
The book was much sought after by Beatles fans and eventually went out of print some years ago. Len has been meaning to re-visit his book for quite some time and this is the long awaited result - a revised and updated edition, with even more stories - which Len launched at the Adelphi Hotel during the 2014 Beatles Week in Liverpool.
Copies are available on-line at a price of £15 plus postage.
Quarrymen Gig list for 2015:
August: Liverpool Beatle Week:
On Monday 31 August, the last night of Beatleweek, Cavern City Tours night will be hosting the concert of the weekend, “With a Little Help From my Friends”, at the Royal Court Theatre. This concept of Mark Hudson’s will give you an opportunity to hear the music of John, Paul,George and Ringo alongside the stories behind the music from at least one member of the band who shared that history and performed on the recording. The Original Quarrymen will be opening the show, followed by Mark Hudson (Ringo), Joey Molland (George and John), Steve Holley (Paul), Earl Slick (John), Elephants Memory (John) and surprise guests. What a show that promises to be! See the Quarrymen above with Mark Hudson - he’s the one who’s been at the tomato sauce......
Further info from the Cavern City Tours website at: http://www.cavernclub.org/beatleweek/
Another new book by the man who introduced John Lennon to Little Richard’s music!
Michael Hill - here he is on the Quarry Bank School photo, next but one to John - was a schoolmate of Lennon’s both at Dovedale Primary School and at Quarry Bank. In 1956 he brought back a copy of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally“ from a school trip to Amsterdam, and opened John’s eyes and ears!
This is what Beatle author David Bedford says about the book:
To fully understand John’s passion for rock ‘n’ roll, you need to read Michael’s book. He was there with John from a young age, and this personal eyewitness account reveals for the first time how, in Michael’s house, John realised that rock ‘n’ roll had to be his destiny. This is a fascinating book, and a must-read for anyone who wants to discover what drove John to fulfil his dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll legend.”
To find out more about this book, and to buy a copy, please go to:
In October 2015 Rod Davis will be touring Canada with his one-man show “John Lennon’s Quarrymen Days”, talking about growing up in Liverpool, the early days of skiffle music and how the Quarrymen began, with more than a few songs and slides squeezed in between. The gig list is as follows:
Wed 14: Open
Thur 15: Vernon BC
Best Western Lodge, Vernon
Fri 16: Vancouver, BC
Rogue Folk Club
Sat17: Edmonton, AB
Sun 18: Travel
Mon 19: Goderich, ON
Park House Restaurant
Tues 20: Midland, ON
Midland Cultural Centre
Wed 21: Toronto ON tbc
Thur 22: Milton, ON
Performing Arts Centre
Fri 23: Huntsville, ON
Sat 24: Open
Sun 25: Hampton, NB Venue tba
October: Rod Davis in Canada:
October: John Lennon’s Birthday at The Cavern
On Friday October 9 - which would have been John’s 75th birthday - a group of similarly aged old men - The Quarrymen - will be appearing at The Cavern to help celebrate their former bandmate. Sounds like a great evening in store! Further details to follow shortly.
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